Rule 5-D Clarification
ATTENTION HOBBY STOCK DIVISION
Rule 5-D Has been clarified to read as follows:
Rear ends must be original for make of car. Example – Ford rear end in a Ford car, Chevy rear endin a Chevy car, etc. but must meet standard tread width for make of car.
Rear ends may be locked. No quick change, aluminum, black gold track, triple track, Detroit lockers, or any other traction controlled units.
Lee, NH – Another exciting Friday night program of weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action at Lee USA Speedway took the green flag on Friday night with a pre-race autograph session, spectator drags, the S.T.A.R. vintage racers, and the annual “Scout Night” among the added attractions.
Double features were on tap for the EKeys 4Cars Supermodifieds, and it was Mike Spurling of nearby Rochester getting the job done in the first 30-lapper, jumping out from the pole and leading flag to flag to pick up his first main event win of the 2014 campaign over Candia’s Jake Stergios and defending champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA
In the nightcap, Groveland, MA’s Mike Murphy looked to be well on his way to victory as he led well past the halfway mark, but rookie competitor Lance Barthelemy snuck past to take over the lead late in the race, and the Fremont driver held off a hard-charging Stergios to score career win number on in the Supermodified ranks.
Sparky MacIver of Sandown grabbed third place honors, with Tombarello, Murphy, Kingston racer Kyle Sawyer, Spurling, Leslie Keyser of Northfield, Jim Barker, and Bobby Webber of Topsfield, MA rounding out the top ten finishers in the second feature.
Epping’s Ricky Porter battled side by side with polesitter Patrick Stewart before moving out to the lead in the Prime Warehouse Late Model Sportsman main event, and he logged several laps at the head of the field before giving up the point.
Caution flew on lap eleven for an incident on the frontstretch that knocked Beverly, MA’s Stewart and rookie contender Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA out of action and brought Porter back to the field. Racing action quickly resumed, and just a few laps after the restart, Brentwood racer Jimmy Russell worked his way past Porter to take command.
Russell led the rest of the way to win by a comfortable margin, with Bobby Melvin of Groton, MA up in the late laps to score a strong runner-up finish in his 2014 debut. Nick Maniatis of Hooksett came home third, with hometown racer Alby Ovitt, Porter, Alfred, ME’s Ray Dinsmore, Geoff Rollins of Groton, MA, Barrington entrants Kyle Roy and Tom Harton, and Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield closing out the top ten.
In David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stock action, it was opening day winner Dennis Dumas of Nashua making a return appearance in victory lane, dominating the action to garb his second win of the season in convincing fashion.
Portsmouth’s Billy Clement claimed a solid runner-up finish, with Brian DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA, Sandown’s Brian Thompson, rookie Dylan Bilodeau of Epping, defending champ Patrick Tanguay of Lebanon, ME, Epping’s Matt Kawejsza, Dave MacDonald of Tewksbury, MA, Kevin Bowman of N. Grafton, MA, and Chris Harding of Lebanon, ME the rest of the top ten.
Bouncing back from a 14th place finish in the opener, Nottingham driver Evan Horvath was the class of the field in his Red Cup Racing entry, and took down his first win of the 2014 campaign in the action-packed Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman feature event. Horvath held off a tough Jeff Nadeau of Epping, who was right on his back bumper for the last several laps of the race.
Nadeau’s runner-up result was his best finish this year, with Wayne Osborne, defending champion Travis Hollins of Milford, opening night winner Tyler Mitchell of Dracut, MA, Seabrook’s Adam Knowles, Christin DeStefano of Tewksbury, MA, Hannah Shaw of Chester, Epping’s Jeff Bennett, and Scott Farrington third through tenth.
Jesse Tellier of Dracut, MA continued his perfect 2014 campaign with another checkered flag in the 4-cylinder portion of the Ironman event. Mark Pennell of Hollis Center, ME topped Nick Maniatis for the win in the Spectator Drags, Joe Gause of Londonderry grabbed the win in the STAR Sportsman main, and Charlie Wilcox of Dayville, CT took top honors in the STAR Modified main.
After Mother Nature caused postponement of the originally scheduled opener, the first Friday night program of weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action at Lee USA Speedway went into the record books on Friday night with Sparky MacIver taking down the checkers in the EKeys 4Cars Supermodified main event.
MacIver made his way to the front early in the feature, with defending and three-time division champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. hot on his heels all the way. Jake Stergios was right behind the lead duo for most of the race, but that’s just the way they finished, with MacIver taking down the win in the Bob Chabot entry.
Tombarello backed up his opening day win with a solid second place run in the Witkum Brothers Racing machine, followed by Stergios in third in his family-owned #11. 2014 Rookie of the Year contender Lance Barthelemy picked up a strong fourth place finish, with Leslie Keyser, Mike Spurling, freshman Kyle Sawyer, Jim Barker, Bobby Webber, Jr., and Moe Lattime rounding out the top ten.
Defending champion Grant Aither picked up right where he left off in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman main, putting in an impressive run to score his first feature win of the season over 2013 Rookie of the Year Niko Maniatis.
2009 Ironman champ Tom Harton scored an impressive third place finish in his LMS debut, while 2011 Hobby Stock champion Mark Parenteau came home fourth in his first outing handling the driving duties for the 2012 championship Brian House-owned team.
Fifth spot went to Frankie Eldridge, with Tommy Tomarello sixth in the second Brian House entry, David “Doc“ Piper seventh, former Ironman standout Kyle Roy eighth, Two-time 2013 winner and early leader Geoff Rollins ninth, and Jesse Bousquet tenth.
With opening day winner Dennis Dumas sitting out the night due to work commitments, brother-in-law Alby Ovitt took climbed behind the wheel for the night and dominated both ends of the double features in the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks, claiming the checkers in both feature events.
Defending champ Patrick Tanguay scored runner-up honors in the first race, with Dave MacDonald, Brian DeStefano, Matt Kawejsza, rookie Zac Fraser, veteran Brian Thompson, 2008 Ironman champ Chris Harding, Jay Avery, and Kevin Bowman closing out the top ten.
In the second race, DeStefano grabbed runner-up honors, followed by Tanguay, Billy Clement, Jr., Kawejsza, Dylan Bilodeau, Harding, Torrey Kovalesky, MacDonald, and Thompson.
The two Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironman divisions ran double features as well, with Jesse Tellier coming out on top twice in the 4-cylinder class. In 6-cylinder competition, 2012 Rookie of the Year Tyler Mitchell ran a solid race to claim top honors over Glen Billings, defending champ Travis Hollins, and Jeff Nadeau in the season opener, with Billings topping the nightcap ahead of Hollins, Nadeau, Shane Horvath, Mitchell, Austin Elliott, and Kristen DeStefano.
Racing action resumes on Friday, June 13th, with the annual “Salute to First Responders” and another full night of action featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds, the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen (running double features), David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks, Benson Lumber and Hardware Ironmen, and the Northeast Classic Lites.
THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH WILL BE MODIFIED Eligible vehicle includes front wheel drive 4 cylinder Automatic or standard models of US Manufacturers FORD, GM, and Chrysler that are 10 years and older. In addition we will allow the Honda manufacturer as well, we will NOT allow the “high performance” configurations. This is at the discretion of the Lee Tech Staff.
MODIFIED FOR CLARIFICATION Eligible vehicle includes front wheel drive 4 cylinder Automatic or standard models of US AND FOREIGN Manufacturers that are 10 years and older. We will NOT allow “high performance” configurations. This is at the discretion of the Lee Tech Staff.